1928 in television

The year 1928 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1928.

List of years in television (table)
In radio

Global television events

January13Dr. Ernst Frederik Werner Alexanderson performs the first successful public television broadcast. The pictures, with 48 lines at 16 frames per second, were received on sets with 1.5 sq. inch screens in the homes of four General Electric executives in Schenectady, New York. The sound was transmitted by the WGY radio station.
February09John Logie Baird transmits television pictures across the Atlantic. The pictures are transmitted from Motograph House, London by telephone cable to Ben Clapp's station GK2Z at 40 Warwick Road, Coulsdon, Surrey, and then by radio to Hartsdale, New York, United States.
June12The first outside broadcast is made by John Logie Baird on his roof in 133 Long Acre, London, featuring the actor Jack Buchanan.
July 02Charles Francis Jenkins begins thrice-weekly television broadcasts in Washington, D.C., transmitting silhouette motion pictures.[1] Station W3XK broadcast from 8 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights, testing on 46.72 meters for distance reception and on 186 meters locally.[2]
03John Logie Baird demonstrates a colour television system achieved by using a scanning disc with spirals of red, green and blue filters at the transmitting and receiving ends.[3]
August14Hugo Gernsback's New York City radio station begins a regular, if limited, schedule of live television broadcasts, using a mechanical system developed by a South-American inventor. It transmits 48-line images.
September 1Philo Farnsworth demonstrates his image dissector camera and "oscillite" tube receiver for the press, with the transmission of motion picture clips, described by a reporter as "a queer looking little image in bluish light now, one that frequently smudges and blurs."[4] It is the first public demonstration of an all-electronic television system.
11The first broadcast of a play by television, The Queen's Messenger, on General Electric's W2XAD, Schenectady, New York. Three electromechanical cameras are used.[5]


January 11Mitchell RyanU.S. actor (Dark Shadows)
January 20Peter DonatCanadian-American actor (Flamingo Road, The X-Files) (died 2018)
February 1Stuart WhitmanU.S. actor (Cimarron Strip)
February 11Conrad JanisU.S. jazz musician and actor (Mork & Mindy)
February 22Bruce ForsythEnglish entertainer and presenter (Sunday Night at the London Palladium, The Generation Game) (died 2017)
March 20Fred RogersU.S. television personality and musician (Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood) (died 2003)
April 1George GrizzardU.S. actor (Law & Order) (died 2007)
April 4Estelle HarrisU.S. actress (Seinfeld)
April 7James GarnerU.S. film and television actor (Maverick, The Rockford Files) (died 2014)
April 23Bill CottonBritish executive, controller of BBC One (1977–1981), managing director of BBC Television (1981–1987) (died 2008)
May 23Jeannie CarsonEnglish-born U.S. actress (Search for Tomorrow, Hey, Jeannie!)
June 20Martin LandauU.S. actor (Mission: Impossible) (died 2017)
July 13Bob CraneU.S. disc jockey and actor (Hogan's Heroes) (died 1978)
July 22Orson BeanU.S. actor (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman)
September 1George MaharisU.S. actor (Route 66)
September 19Adam WestU.S. actor (Batman) (died 2017)
October 17Don CollierU.S. actor (Outlaws)
October 25Marion RossU.S. actress (Happy Days)
December 10Dan BlockerU.S. actor (Bonanza) (died 1972)
December 17George LindseyU.S. actor (The Andy Griffith Show) (died 2012)



  1. Early Television Foundation, Jenkins Newspaper Articles.
  2. Kane, Joseph N. (January 3, 1940). "Some Television 'Firsts'". Variety. p. 88. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  3. Early Television Foundation, Baird Mechanical Color System (1928).
  4. Daniel Stashower, The Boy Genius and the Mogul: The Untold Story of Television, Broadway Books, 2002, p. 144. ISBN 0-7679-0759-0.
  5. Early Television Foundation, The Queen's Messenger.
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